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4 Ways to Check Your Blog’s Health

August 28, 2007

You work hard on writing new content for your blog, you reply to all your comments, you link out to other bloggers, you are always perfecting your design, and you try your hardest to get each post into the search engines. That’s fantastic and what makes a great blogger, so keep it up! But one other important thing is to know how healthy your blog is. This might sound silly, but it’s true!

You need to check your SEO, meta tags, PageRank, social bookmarking stats, who you’re linking out to (not all sites are reputable), feed information, backlinks, website structure, and much more. All of this (and many other things) are important to maintain a healthy blog. If you want to improve your blog’s overall health, first you must learn where you stand.

1. Meta Tag Analysis – Having a good title, description, and keywords is extremely important for your SEO. Using this quick tool, you can make sure the sizes of all your meta information is right for the search engines. If you use WordPress, get the All in One SEO plugin to fix your meta tags. I highly recommend using it.

2. Link Checker Tool – Now we move onto this link checker tool, which is very important. It checks all the sites you are linking to and makes sure they are decent. If you link out to too many spammy, untrusted websites, Google will deem YOU as untrusted, too! And that is very, very bad. So use this tool to make sure everyone you’re linking to is reputable.

3. Xinu Site Diagnosis – I love this one. It gives you so much important information. You get your site’s screenshot, an analysis of the URL, meta tags, HTML, and more, your domain information, your PageRank, and rankings for Technorati, Alexa, and DMOZ, your syndication and social bookmarking info, your indexed pages in search engines, backlinks, and validation. This all sounds like it would take forever to load, but it comes up instantly!

4. Website Grader – This one takes a minute or two to load but is completely worth it. It gives you your website grade, PageRank, Alexa and Technorati rankings, inbound links, indexed pages, your web page structure, domain information, some info on your coding, the summary of your images, last Google crawl date, readability level, how you rank for your keywords, and it even lets you compare all these aspects with another competing website! Basically this one is a measure of SEO and is very helpful.

The four tools I just told you about check your blog’s health and help you improve it. You should recheck all four of them every and now and then to maintain a healthy site, so consider bookmarking or saving this post for future reference. I hope these are helpful, and please do share any other sites that check your blog’s health that you know about. :)

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16 Responses to “4 Ways to Check Your Blog’s Health”

  1. Mike Volpe on August 28th, 2007 12:20 pm

    Thanks for the mention of Website Grader. As you know your sites is doing great – you get 93/100!

  2. Tay on August 28th, 2007 2:19 pm

    Thanks! But there’s still quite a bit of room for improvement, and I hope to work on that. :)

  3. Crystal on August 29th, 2007 12:11 am

    Great sites. Thanks for posting these :)

  4. Tay on August 29th, 2007 11:40 am

    Sure, I’m glad you found them helpful. :)

  5. Heather on August 30th, 2007 7:59 am

    Great article! I feel like such a newbie at this stuff sometimes; you’ve listed some tools that look quite helpful.
    Heather (“Footsteps”)

  6. Tay on August 30th, 2007 3:06 pm

    Heather – Thank you! Yes, these four tools are extremely helpful and not at all complicated. I use them often. :)

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  8. Flora Earl on September 14th, 2007 6:37 am

    Great tools for checking – I used the Bad Neighborhood tool on one of my blogs that was not getting a good rank and it showed that some of my link partners were linking out to some very bad sites: I recommend this tool highly! When I visited the Xinu link the tool is no longer being supported, but there is a list of blogs who are running the tool on their own sites. Most of them are not written in English, though: the first English one that I found is http://seogeeks.info/.

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  10. Tay on September 15th, 2007 9:00 pm

    @Flora – I don’t see how the Xinu tool doesn’t work for you because for me, and I tried it just now, it’s still running. Let me know what it told you when you visited the site. But thank you very much and for sharing the English link of where it’s on another site. If for some reason I can’t ever access the original Xinu again that would be very helpful. :)

  11. Flora Earl on September 16th, 2007 9:15 am

    Hi Tay
    I tried to do a screen grab and I failed! I am probably missing something but these were the only links:
    “Public servers where you can try xinu | Contact me | Buy me a coffee
    UPDATE: Forum | FAQ | Who is linking? | Credits | Donations List”

    I followed ‘public servers…’ and that was where I was able to use the tool. the SEO geeks site is excellent, with even more clever tips and tools to while away the odd hour.

    i’m glad I came back to this post cos I just noticed the SEO plugin, I’m going to use that too

    Best wishes


  12. Tay on September 16th, 2007 2:51 pm

    @Flora – Oh, I see. I always went to “Public servers where you can try xinu”. I didn’t link to the specific one in case anyone wanted to see the original site or other languages, etc. I thought you meant that you could not access the tool anywhere from the Xinu site and looked it up somewhere else. I’m sorry for the misunderstanding!

    Thanks, Flora. :)

  13. Flora Earl on September 16th, 2007 4:38 pm

    It’s OK, Tay. I always wonder if I am having a blonde moment when this happens, but obviously not in this case! It might be a good move to link direct to the seogeeks site in any case – assuming most blog readers are either English Mother Tongue or that they can understand instructions in English.

  14. Tay on September 16th, 2007 10:20 pm

    @Flora – You’re absolutely right, and I agree with you that I should have done that all along. My mistake, I’ve only made things more confusing. I’ve changed the link to the seogeeks site. Thank you! :)

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  16. Nkole on November 30th, 2008 1:11 pm

    Thanks for the tips and links to help us develop and maintain a healthy blog. I hadn’t seen these things anywhere else yet, and I’ll be sure to check them all out today! Knowing your ranking and being aware of who the sites you are linked to are linking too is really helpful. Thanks again.

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